§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what was the cost of the special dredging of Portsmouth harbour to allow the USS Iowa to enter the harbour after Exercise Northern Wedding.
§ Mr. Stanley
No special dredging was carried out for the visit of the USS Iowa. A continual programme of maintenance dredging is carried out throughout the year to maintain the depths shown in Admiralty chart 2629. The recent dredging was part of this programme.